Zattoo to manage multiscreen IPTV for Telecom Liechtenstein

Swiss-based online TV service provider Zattoo is set to roll out an end-to-end multiscreen TV service deployment for its first IPTV customer, Telecom Liechtenstein, in the second half of 2014.

Zattoo will develop, host and manage the multiscreen IPTV service for the operator, taking care of the full technical implementation and operations.

This includes: satellite ingest; the technical platform with live TV, catch up TV, and recording function; frontend management to TV, iOS and Android; and life cycle management of the set-top boxes.

Germany-based Abox42 will provide the set-top boxes, which will support DVB-C features such as HbbTV.

Telecom Liechtenstein already carries some 140 TV stations as part of its existing IPTV offering. However, Zattoo will provide the technical implementation of its multiscreen IPTV package and manage this in the future.

“For us at Telecom Liechtenstein, the decisive factor is that we can offer a TV product that is 100% state of the art. It has to be available on a variety of devices – including mobile devices – because it is no longer enough to just serve conventional TV sets. That is the heart of the product,” said Markus Willi, president of the administrative board at Telecom Liechtenstein.

“Today’s modern customers also want to enjoy live TV on their second screens, such as tablet PCs and smartphones. And they expect time-shift viewing and TV recording as standard features. Developing and operating a system of this kind would be an extremely complex, time-intensive process. That’s why we chose Zattoo as our technology service provider, because they have proven that they can not only develop a high-quality IPTV product like this, but also operate it for us.”

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